Mildura Weekly : Friday May 23 2014 Vol 8 No 29
Where agriculture and community unite 2014 Mildura Field Days 7 THE Mildura Field Days of today can trace their origins back to the early 1950s, and the then Mildura District Dried Fruits Association’s ‘Gadget Day.’ The Gadget Day event was a showcase of grower innovation, pre- dominantly an exhibition of machines and tools growers had invented, often in their shed, to make the job of pro- ducing dried fruits easier. And, there is still a strong link with that earlier event, in the form of the Mildura Field Days’ annual Gadget Award, or to give it its full title – the ‘Innovation in Horticulture Award.’ Sponsored by Dried Fruits Aus- tralia, and staying true to its roots, the award continues to recognise innova- tion in horticultural practise, or as the organisers put it, it is an award for It wouldn’t be the field days without gadgets... “Any ingenious device, especially one that is labour-saving.” The criteria for entry is simple: • The gadget can be for any horti- cultural industry. • The gadget needs to have been constructed in the past ten years. • Either the gadget needs to be brought into the designated gadget area at the field days, or a photo- graphic display produced for the item. This will be displayed in the gadget area. • The inventor must furnish a brief description of what the gadget is, and what it does. • And, the inventor must explain what improvement the gadget makes to horticultural practise. The prize is $500 and a trophy. ◊ This front- end loader for sweatboxes was a feature of the 1952 Gadget Day.
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